Dapuri Drawings - Alexander Gibson and the Bombay Botanic Gardens Henry J. Noltie (2002) ISBN No: 1 85149 422 7 (Antique Collectors' Club); Hardback; Size: 327 x 235mm; Extent: 240pp; Illustrations: 205 colour; 10 black and white. This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of a remarkable collection of botanical drawings in safekeeping at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. These watercolors were commissioned by Alexander Gibson, an East India Company surgeon, and depict plants grown in the botanic gardens under his control in the Bombay Presidency. They are the work of an unknown Portuguese-Indian artist, made between 1847 and 1850. The main section of the book includes colour reproductions of the 170 drawings. Half the species depicted are native to western India, the other half are exotics from as far afield as Argentina and Australia. The colour plates are preceded by substantial chapters on Gibson's life and work and a history of Dapuri and the other botanic gardens under his charge. An illustrated introduction tells of the author's travels in search of information about Gibson, his gardens and the drawings.